WATCH | MDC 'have won' Zimbabwe election: senior party official

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe hinted he would vote for the opposition’s MDC party leader Nelson Chamisa, the day before Zimbabwean elections on July 30 2018. Here are five things you didn’t know about Chamisa.

Senior opposition MDC official Tendai Biti on Tuesday said party leader Nelson Chamisa had won Zimbabwe’s presidential election, and alleged that the authorities were delaying the publication of results.

“The results show beyond reasonable doubt that we have won the election and that the next president of Zimbabwe is Nelson Chamisa,” said the Movement for Democratic Change’s (MDC) Biti, who was the respected finance minister in the 2009 — 13 power-sharing government.

“We are however seriously concerned about evidence of interference... there is a deliberate delay in announcing the results. This delay is totally unacceptable,” he told a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Harare. “We have won the election, we are now daring ZEC (Zimbabwe Electoral Commission) to announce the result. We have done an impossible thing.”

His announcement set off celebrations among party supporters outside the building, but no official results have yet been declared.

Both President Emmerson Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, and Chamisa earlier said they were ahead in the count after Monday’s election, the country’s first vote since the resignation of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe.

ZANU-PF has had an iron grip on power since independence from British colonial rule in 1980, and victory for the opposition would be a major upset.

Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the MDC the main opposition party, casts his poll at a polling station in the Mbare district on July 30, 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans are going to the polls to vote for a new president after Robert Mugabe, who led the country for 37 years, was deposed in November 2017.
Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the MDC the main opposition party, casts his poll at a polling station in the Mbare district on July 30, 2018 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans are going to the polls to vote for a new president after Robert Mugabe, who led the country for 37 years, was deposed in November 2017.
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